Feature on Melanie Milburne, Awakening the Ravensdale Heiress #Giveaway

Our Feature this week is on Awakening the Ravensdale Heiress and author Melanie Milburne. And there are giveaways! 

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How do you come up with the ideas for your stories?

I rarely have to go hunting for story ideas. They nearly always find me. It will often start with a thought… what if so and so happened? And then my imagination will take off. With this story I wondered what would happen if a shy wallflower girl who had a limp was forced to marry a super fit, athletic playboy. Voila! 

Does writer’s block ever happen to you?

Occasionally. It is the most awful feeling, especially with a close deadline. It is usually because something is wrong with the story or sometimes it’s the emotion I’m shying away from. Some scenes, particularly towards the end of a book, can be really draining emotionally so a bit of avoidance behaviour creeps in!

How do you cope with it when it strikes?

After I’ve cleaned out all the cupboards and cooked some really complicated gourmet meals (my family always know when I’m having trouble with a book as the menu suddenly improves!) and taken the dogs for extra long walks, I get back to the computer and I’m usually ready to press on. A lot of writing is deeply subconscious, or at least it is for me. I need thinking time away from the computer in order to process the story.

Of all the stories you’ve written, what’s your favourite?

This is such a hard question to ask a writer, as usually the story they’re currently working on is their favourite. But I have to say I had an absolute ball writing A Date With Her Valentine Doc which will be out in February 2015. My heroine Bertie Clark is back at work from her “ honeymoon” but doesn’t tell her workmates –including her new handsome boss- that her wedding didn’t go ahead. It’s an imposter plot and I laughed out loud as I wrote it.

Do you live in your characters’ worlds while you write?

I do as I am a visual writer and like to write as if I am seeing a movie being acted out in front of me. I hate distractions when I’m writing, as it can be jarring to be reminded there is another world other than my characters’ one!

Awakening the Ravensdale Heiress

The only man to tempt her… 

Miranda Ravensdale's first experience of love ended in tragedy, so she vowed to bury her heart along with her memories. No man has ever broken through Miranda's quiet facade…until billionaire Leandro Allegretti, her own personal kryptonite! 

A childhood friend, Leandro has watched Miranda close herself off over the years. He knows what it's like to have a shadow cast over your life, so he plans to tempt her back into the light. On the French Riviera, under the pretense of cataloguing his art collection, Leandro will coax Miranda's dormant sensuality into life…kiss by seductive kiss…

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A Kindle copy of Awakening the Ravensdale Heiress giveaway to one commenter! 


  1. Loved reading all your answers. Congratulations on the release!

  2. "...my family always know when I’m having trouble with a book as the menu suddenly improves!"<--cracking up over this line.

    1. Ha ha, I am so predictable these days. Gourmet meal= plot trouble!
      Thanks for posting!

  3. Love that cooking improvement in moments of frustration! I like doing things that let my subconscious work away for me too :)

    1. Hi Jemi,
      It's amazing how your subconscious takes over, isn't it? The task has to be one of those mindless boring ones, I find. Like ironing!
      Thanks for posting.

  4. It must be fun to be able to laugh or your written word as it's coming into print. I wonder how many writers do that.
    Much continued success to Melanie on her new books during the new year.

    1. Hi Manzanita,
      Thanks for your comment. I think a lot of writers feel the emotions of their characters. It's one of the ways to really get inside their heads.
      Hope you enjoy the book!

  5. "Kiss by seductive kiss?" Sounds good to me!

    1. Hi Susan,
      Thanks for your comment. I hope you enjoy the book!

  6. Doing other activities usually helps defeat writer's block. I find taking a walk and cleaning also helps me.

    1. Yes, cleaning is a good one, isn't it, Chrys! Thanks for posting.

  7. She can come over to my house anytime writer's blog strikes!

  8. Like the sound of your February release. Can not wait for it.

    1. Thanks for posting, I hope you like the book!


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